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General Routing Overview and Channel Routing

Shantanu Dutt ECE Dept. UIC

References and Copyright (cont.)


Slides used: (Modified by Shantanu Dutt when necessary) [Sarrafzadeh] Majid Sarrafzadeh, 2001; Department of Computer Science, UCLA [Sherwani] Naveed A. Sherwani, 1992 (companion slides to [She99]) [Keutzer] Kurt Keutzer, Dept. of EECS, UC-Berekeley http://www-cad.eecs.berkeley.edu/~niraj/ee244/index.htm [Gupta] Rajesh Gupta UC-Irvine http://www.ics.uci.edu/~rgupta/ics280.html [Kang] Steve Kang, UIUC http://www.ece.uiuc.edu/ece482/ [Bazargan] Kia Bazargan

Routing
Problem Given a placement, and a fixed number of metal layers, find a valid pattern of horizontal and vertical wires that connect the terminals of the nets Levels of abstraction: Global routing Detailed routing Objectives Cost components: Area (channel width) min congestion in prev levels helped Wire delays timing minimization in previous levels Number of layers (fewer layers less expensive) Additional cost components: number of bends, vias
Bazargan

Top view

Routing Anatomy 3D
view

Symbolic Layout

Metal layer 3 Via


Metal layer 2 Metal layer 1 Note: Colors used in this slide are not standard
Bazargan

Global vs. Detailed Routing


Global routing Input: detailed placement, with exact terminal locations Determine channel (routing region) for each net Objective: minimize area (congestion), and timing (approximate) Detailed routing Input: channels and approximate routing from the global routing phase Determine the exact route and layers for each net Objective: valid routing, minimize area (congestion), meet timing constraints Additional objectives: min via, power
Figs. [Sherwani]

Taxonomy of VLSI Routers


Routers

Global
Graph Search Steiner Iterative Maze

Detailed
Restricted River Switchbox Channel General Purpose Maze Line Probe Line Expansion Left-Edge

Specialized
Power/Gnd Clock

Hierarchical

Greedy

[Keutzer]

Global Routing
Stages Routing region definition Routing region ordering Steiner-tree / area routing Grid Tiles super-imposed on placement Regular or irregular Smaller problem to solve, higher level of abstraction Terminals at center of grid tiles Edge capacity Number of nets that can pass a certain grid edge (aka congestion) On edge Eij, Capacity(Eij) Congestion(Eij)
M1

[Sarrafzadeh]

M2

M3

Grid Graph
Course or fine-grain Vertices: routing regions, edges: route exists? Weights on edges How costly is to use that edge Could vary during the routing (e.g., for congestion) Horizontal / vertical might have different weights

t1 t2

t3

t4

t1 t2

t3 t4 1 1 1 1
[Sherwani]

1 t1 t2

t3

2 t4 1

2 1

Global Routing Graph Search


Good for two-terminal nets Build grid graph (Coarse? Fine?) Use graph search algorithms, e.g., Dijkstra Iterative: route nets one by one How to handle: Congestion? Critical nets? Order of the nets to route? Net criticality Half-perimeter of the bounding box Number of terminals

Bazargan

Otherwise, depth of VCG is lower bound on channel density A cycle in the VCG an unroutable placement unless a net can be routed on more than 1 track

Optimality of the Left Edge Algorithm


Case 2a:
Closest non-ov net to e crosses L

Case 2b:
Closest non-ov net to e does not cross L

s(e) e: Most recently


routed net routed net

e(e) s(e) s(e) e e

e: Most recently

S(L)

Case 1: Max density line L cuts e

Case 2: Max density line L does not cut e

In Case 1, the density of L reduces by 1 after current track t (e is on t) is routed In Case 2, let e be the net not overlapping e & whose s(e) is closest to e(e). Case 2a: If e crosses L, then since e will be on t, density of L reduces by 1 after t is routed Case 2b: If not, then the set S(L) of all other nets crossing L are overlapping w/ e (otherwise one of them will be e and crossing L, and we will not be in Case 2b). Then there exists another cut line L that cuts S(L) and e, and thus have density > density of L, and we reach a contradiction (that L is the max density line) Thus after current track t is routed, the density of L reduces by 1. This applies to all max density lines. Thus # of tracks needed = density of initial max density line which is a lower bound on # tracks. Hence the Left-Edge algorithm is optimal in the # of tracks Dutt

(no arcs in the VCG incoming to Ij)

Update the VCG by deleting Ij from it;

Acyclic VCG Cyclic VCG a b 1b 1a 2

w/ the added flexibility that the new net es s(e) can be = watermark if current net e and e belong to the same net